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Axis-49 midi keyboard. It uses a harmonic table layout. So, one axis is 3rds, one axes is 4ths, and the final axis is 5ths. It’s isomorphic and very intuitive to play. Unfortunately, they’re no longer made or available… and I only have one.

The traditional piano layout is nice for songs which use only the white notes, but pretty subpar otherwise.

There are, at least, several guitar-like key instruments though… like the Linnstrument. It may not be quite as nice as the harmonic table layout, but it’s close… and much easier to obtain. Also has some other benefits, like being able to do smooth slides since chromatic notes are still next to each other. Doesn’t do single-finger chords though.

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can you reassign all the notes to make your own though?

weird
i never heard of it

the CBA [chromatic button accordion] layout is this
http://www.thecipher.com/cba_c_system_spelling.html

logical and consistent but totally different from your axis thingy
wait it might be partly the same – i see one row in minor thirds…

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not the same as CBA, CBA does not have that minor-third major-third relation
it has a half-step whole-step for the other directions

anyway, not flashlight related, can continue in PM, like is there an in-production alternative?
you only need hex key layout and reassignable notes

there are computer accordions but they do not do notes in that arrangement
not sure you can conveniently remap them either
Roland makes several computer accordions

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ToyKeeper wrote:
I made another song today on ye olde Atmega chip synth. I used all 8 bits!

Anyway, I call it “Perspective”. It’s a slow burn, but I like it. I hope you will too.


This made me smile sooooo hard….
Thank you for that.
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wle wrote:
anyway, not flashlight related, can continue in PM, like is there an in-production alternative? you only need hex key layout and reassignable notes

The closest I’ve seen is software. Like, for Android there’s Hexboard, Hexiano, and IsoKeys. But with only a touchscreen, it’s no good for actual use.

If you have a CBA device, you might be able to rotate it 90 degrees and remap it… but it’d still be a little different than intended.

I hope my Axis-49 lasts a long long time because I like it so much, but if it dies I may be okay with a Linnstrument or a Continuum Fingerboard or maybe even a Deluge synth. They’re all so pricey though!

I’m not sure if it’s still possible to get an Opal Chameleon, but it’s also very expensive.

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BTW, here’s one interesting use of the hex layout:

Same guy doing piano improv on it:

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Oh, there’s also the Hyve synth, but it doesn’t do midi and it’s flat and it only makes one sound so it’s kind of irrelevant as an input device. Neat, but severely limited.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDURsBLIOY

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wle wrote:
not the same as CBA, CBA does not have that minor-third major-third relation

Oh, you’d have to remap it. But if CBA is turned 90 degrees it’s at least a similar physical layout. Or if the Axis / Sonome / harmonic table layout is rotated 90 degrees, it could be remapped as CBA or the jammer layout or a few others.

wle wrote:
anyway, not flashlight related, can continue in PM

It’s okay, this thread isn’t intended to be flashlight-related and doesn’t have a thousand people eagerly waiting for updates. Smile

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ToyKeeper wrote:
I made another song today on ye olde Atmega chip synth. I used all 8 bits!

Anyway, I call it “Perspective”. It’s a slow burn, but I like it. I hope you will too.

Like it for some reaon made me think of Orbital:
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for some reaon made me think of Orbital: {link}

… The Girl With The Sun In Her Head?

That’s ironic. Smile

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Smile
I like to chime in on off topic topics once in a while Wink

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What’s that you say? Chimes?

I made this one a few years ago, “Accidental Mega Man”, and it “chimes in” too:

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Heheh @ that dancing dude

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